Philip Russell is an author and historian who lives in Austin. His sixth book is "The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present." It traces the last 500 years of Mexican history, from the indigenous empires that were devastated by the Spanish conquest to the election of 2006. Russell became fascinated with Mexico when visiting that country to explore caves and then spent many months hiking with a backpack to Indian villages without roads. He has served as interpreter for National Science Foundation expeditions searching for monarch butterfly overwintering sites, and won an award for ecotourism development from the city of Bustamante, Nuevo León. Philip, whose writings about Cuba were first published in The Rag, Austin’s 60s-70s underground paper, then covered the Mexican student movement of 1968 for the Collegiate News Service. His writings on Mexico have appeared in sources ranging from the The Austin Chronicle to The New York Times, and he has translated books by the Mexican cartoonist Rius.
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